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How Much Cost Will Battery Storage Add to My Home Solar Solution in Bethlehem PA?

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The cost of your solar battery storage is determined by how you intend to use it. If you need battery storage to serve as emergency power, just like they do in RVs, then you can get by with a $200 battery. However, such a battery cannot even keep all the lights on through the night in an average 4-member household.

However, there are better reasons to buy battery storage. It can be a huge money-saver if you live in an area with time-of-use electricity prices. During peak hours, such as late evenings, when your solar panels are not producing energy, you don’t have to use utility power that costs more than its regular rate. You can use stored power from your battery to run your home appliances. At night, if the battery power exhausts, you can use grid power which will be available at cheaper prices.

Also, sufficiently large battery storage can power your home during a blackout, especially when there’s insufficient or no sunlight.

It’s these kinds of priorities that compel solar buyers to install battery storage with their solar panel systems. 

Cost of Solar Battery Storage

Battery storage prices have dropped sharply over the years and are expected to continue falling. However, the federal income tax credit incentive, which can reduce your expense for battery storage by as much as 26%, will be tapered out in time. So, this is the best time to get battery storage.

Currently, battery storage costs $800 – $1,500 for every kilowatt-hour of storage capacity. If you install a 5kWh storage system, that can cost you up to $7,500.

For a 10 kWh storage system, the price could be at least $15,000.

Factors Affecting Battery Cost

The prices mentioned above are only intended to provide you with a rough idea of the battery storage costs in Bethlehem. The actual costs will depend on a number of factors, as mentioned below:

  • Battery Technology

Lead-acid batteries are the cheapest on the market but have the lowest lifespan. Lithium-ion batteries can cost up to 50% more than them but also last 2x to 2.5x longer, delivering better performance.

  • Manufacturer

The price can vary significantly from one brand to another, and sometimes, from one model to another of the same brand.

  • Backup Load Panel

Battery storage is not designed to run high-draw appliances like AC or ovens. So, to prevent them from drying up your storage or compromising its functioning, a backup load panel may need to be installed, which can cost extra
Many variables determine the actual cost of battery storage for your solar system. To get accurate estimates, get in touch with Green Power Energy. We’d be happy to consult you and offer you guidance regarding your battery storage for free.


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